Andrew N. Liveris

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Andrew N. Liveris is President, Chairman and CEO of The Dow Chemical Company. His nearly forty-year career with Dow has included positions in manufacturing, engineering, sales, marketing, business, and general management.[1] Throughout his time with Dow, Liveris has also served as the head of Dow’s Asia-Pacific Operations, Chief Executive Officer of Dow AgroSciences LLC and Chief Operating Officer of The Dow Chemical Company.[2]

Liveris found himself under increased public pressure in 2012 during protests on Dow’s sponsorship of the London Olympic Games.[3] Following a slew of protests attacking Dow for its handling of Bhopal, the London Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (the LOCOG) announced that it would not show Dow’s logo on a wrap used to decorate the main Olympics stadium. In a Telegraph interview, Liveris described the the motivation behind the protests: "because we are a healthy company with deep pockets that people want a second bite of the cherry.”[4]

When protestors showed up at Dow Chemical’s annual shareholder meeting in 2012 accusing Dow of using the Olympics as an attempt to “greenwash” the Bhopal incident and demanding reparations, Liveris told them they “would be best served flying to India and stating the question to the Indian officials…Dow never owned or operated Union Carbide at the time.” When asked a second question, Liveris responded, “I’m not repeating myself: I’m done.”[5]

In addition to his positions at Dow, Liveris is involved in an array of business, government and academic interests. He is the chairman and director of the U.S.-China Business Council and the director of the American Chemistry Council Inc., CDW Corporation, and Business Leaders for Michigan.[6] He sits on the Board of Directors of IBM and the Special Olympics and serves as chairman of the U.S. Business Council and Vice Chair of the Business Roundtable.[7] He sits on the Board of Trustees for California Institute of Technology, The United States Council for International Business[8] and serves as a trustee of Tufts University and the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation of Tufts University.[9] Liveris is a board member of the Peterson Institute for International Economics[10] and a member of the U.S. President’s Export Council,[11] the U.S.-India CEO Forum, the United States Climate Action Partnership, and the National Petroleum Council.[12] He also serves as co-chair of Barack Obama’s Advanced Manufacturing Steering Committee, a working group of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.[13] Liveris previously served as Director of Citigroup Finance Canada Inc. and Citigroup Inc.[14]

Liveris' political contributions span across parties. During the 2012 presidential campaign, the New York Times reported that Liveris “gave $5,000 to each candidate in the space of three weeks.”[15] A 2013 report based on the Federal Election Commission Records states that Liveris made $146,000 in contributions to U.S. federal political campaigns, including a May 2012 contribution of $40,000 to “Obama Victory Fund 2012” and a June 2012 contribution of $40,000 to “Romney Victory Inc.”[16]

References

  1. "Andrew N Liveris," Bloomberg Businessweek, accessed October 6, 2014.
  2. "Andrew N Liveris," Bloomberg Businessweek, accessed October 6, 2014.
  3. Owen Gibson, "London 2012: Dow Chemical defends Olympic Stadium Sponsorship Deal," The Guardian, March 8, 2012.
  4. Jacquelin Magnay, "London 2012 Olympics: Dow Chemical sponsorship protests 'beyond belief' says CEO," Telegraph, March 1, 2012.
  5. MacKenzie Burger. "“Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris says he ‘won’t entertain any more questions on Bhopal,’" M Live, May 10, 2012.
  6. "Andrew N Liveris," Bloomberg Businessweek, accessed October 6, 2014.
  7. "Andrew Liveris," (Biography), Dow, accessed October 6, 2014.
  8. "Andrew Liveris," (Biography), Dow, accessed October 6, 2014.
  9. "Andrew N Liveris," Bloomberg Businessweek, accessed October 6, 2014.
  10. "Andrew N Liveris," Bloomberg Businessweek, accessed October 6, 2014.
  11. "Andrew Liveris," (Biography), Dow, accessed October 6, 2014.
  12. "Andrew N Liveris," Bloomberg Businessweek, accessed October 6, 2014.
  13. "Advanced Manufacturing Partnership," accessed October 6, 2014
  14. "Andrew N Liveris," Bloomberg Businessweek, accessed October 6, 2014.
  15. Nicholas Confessore and Jo Craven McGinty, "Some voters waver even in their political donations,” New York Times, November 3, 2012.
  16. "Dow's Liveris and Natural Gas Exports," Smarter Times, August 16, 2013.